Meet Our Faculty
Did you work in industry before teaching? Yes, for 34 years in the following industries: (1) parts manufacturing (accountant); (2) seed research/production (financial controller); (3) computer research/production (CFO and vice president of sales); (4) Banking and stock brokerage (vice president and series seven broker); (5) land and ocean going transportation (CFO and CEO); and (6) vertically integrated aluminum production (vice president new product development and mergers & acquisitions).
What do you love most about the University of Iowa or living in Iowa? The friendly, professional, and genuine faculty and staff. The high level of energy and creativeness of the students.
What are your hobbies or what do you like to do on weekends? Play golf and cards as well as landscape.
Do you have children? I have two children. Cathleen currently works for FEMA in Washington D.C.; Richard received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and is now a professor at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Penn.; Emily received her master's degree from the University of Iowa and is a marketing manager for Boston Scientific. I have two grandsons, Chad and Cody, future Hawkeyes.
Do you have pets? Yes, Rudy, a small dog.
What are some of your favorite books? Sea Biscuit and The One-Minute Manager.
What are some of your favorite movies? Sands of Iwo Jima, Rudy, and Saving Private Ryan.
Where were you born? Where have you lived besides Iowa? Hartley, Iowa. I have lived in California and Ohio.
Countries visited? Japan, Australia, France, Germany, England, Italy, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Republic of Georgia, Turkey, Armenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, Moldavia, Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand.
Anything else you want to share? Take away knowledge is the key to a good education; grades are simply the score card. Attitude is critical to the personal and professional success of all human beings. My dad advised me to truly understand the significance of the following statement: "If you say you can, you might—but if you say you can't, you never will."